SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY
SAM fORD llMVE'RSny
Muscle Shoals Baptist Association
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rnvnc verting brethren Kv
JHBtontineiif of Commfl^^HH^^BjjH^
R«ti#&n; (Sj Be&awsed Ministere;
• Finarice Committee; <fi) oh Nominations.
Qfli for Report of B *d of •■Trustees of Koisth
legiate Institute ant. Vorroal 8cft&©] at ville
Caff for Report of Ex > utive^Bo&r<i
Friday. tnoCT^b^f-Btehf iotii^erdfies, baif hour.
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t€»1J for Treasurers Report; " i - '
^ridt^^^rtdr-^oar'f of Minisreriai Rd#afio».-" r *-*
Report; of Standing Committees in the order of &eir appointnient.
Reports of other eV.Hjrofttees in their or-ier.
Appoint time and jpiwee of ne:
Bead *he Mintiies, Call the Roll a©tf A$dwm,
ji^Nex* session will le held wth JLebanpn Church, Morgan county,
commencing on Thursday -before the fih^ ^fihath |n October, 1901.
ORDAINED MINISTERS >ND THEIR POST 0®=1GES.
Akers, Solomon. tecatuf
Blankenahip, J.,D So- fer\ ille
Briscoe, Marion.. 'anville
Briscoe, W. J ■IkwMe
Bishop, 5:3 £ nemlfc
Cobb*, W-T- ...... .~.Ne 1*ecatui
iJhurchwell, J. J,...,;..... Moulton
Dawson; £ D Tt a Creek
David] F, C .'.. ' 'arteella
jGhtnnj j Jackson. Tria it y
Flood* J, M. New Deeatqr
Ilembree, J. H ... Danville
Johnson, T. H.. Hillsboro
Hall, W. L '" irrtland
McClanaluta, jf.J$Z.~Jf£ 3-t-el!e
Perkins, J. A....... Lawrence's Cove
Qu^^berrj, W. Y....New Deeatur
Qninn, ft. L Mt, Hope
.Roan, J. E ^omei ville
Rie&by, J. L IOdmoud
Shackelford, Joe Trinity
Stephenson, K. D Danville
Stockton, J. I... Jlimj^B
Smith. W. G; W Falkviile
Shoemaker, T. V Louisville
, Wear, R* T-V.;..,.^.,....Mt. Hope
Wear. L. A Danderpville
Wear, L M: Landersvilie
Weaver,: J. E..., v ..». v ..-.Somer»"ille
Wade, J. T.,„...:,..:,..^;.._^Crow
Wright, W 1- Soruerville
Wright, X S..» l .> < .....;,.;.8omerviHe
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MI NUT ES.
The delegates composing the Eighty-first Annual Session of the Mub-
clb Shoals Association of Baptists, convened with the Mt. Pisgah
Church, at Flint, Morgan county, Ala., on Thursday, October 4, 1900, at
11 o'clock A. M.
Elder James I. Stockton preached the Introductory Sermon ; text,
1st Timothy i. 15: "It is a faithful saying, and worthy of all accepta-
tion, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners."
After the sermon, there was an intermission of one hour and a quarter.
Prayer by Bro. R. T. Wear.
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. The religious services,
consisting of singing, reading of the Scriptures by the former Moderator,
Eld. W. T. Cobbs, and prayer by Eld. F. C. David, were held, after
which the Moderator called the Association to order. Bros. C. G. Lynch,
W. H. Simpson and Marion Briscoe, were appointed Reading Clerks.
The Moderator then called for letters from the churches, which were
read, and the names of the delegates enrolled, as follows:
Bethel— Z. C. Love, D. W. Speegle, J. A. Henry.
First Baptist, New Decatur— J. C. Lance, F. Utter, A. G. Spinks.
Cave Spring— James Ratliffe, Frank Clark.
Brum— J. T. Wallace, J. W. McMillan, L S. Stephenson.
Gum Spring (L) — A. R Holbrooks.
Hart*eUe—F. C. David, J D. McClanahan, J. C. Orr.
Macedonia— J. S. Brownlow. J. H. Short, Willis Brothers.
Moutton Height*— W. M. Bullard, J. M. Flood, F. Hall.
Hopewell— J. J. Sandlin, H. L. Kirby.
MouUon— W. D. Irwin, H. B. Irwin.
HiUsboro—J. C. Battle.
Mt. Hope—E. D. Whitman.
Mt. Nebo (F)— Geo. W. Hargett.
ML Nebo (Jf)— R. B. Gibson.
ML Zion (Ly— John L. Richey.
Central, New Decatur— W. Y. Quisenberry, Jno. A. Thomason, W. H.
Mt. Pisgah—G. H. Hughes, R. B. Day, D. W. Hanby.
Pleasant HUL- J. Gunn, G. W. Russell, A. Y. Stewart.
New Hope — J. E. Coffee.
Bocky Creek— J. A. Oden.
OkoUma— M. J. Taylor, Edward Hurst
New Prospect — M. A. Masterson, Jonathan Sandlin.
Town Creek— R. T. Wear, Wallace Wear, L. A. Wear.
Salem— L. E. Stubbs, James Pickens.
Shady Grove— J. A. Moore, J. T. Sybert, E. T. Moore.
Trinity— 3. L Stockton, Jos. Shackelford, W. S. Johnson.
New Friendship— D. R. Kirbow, J. E. Lee.
Belleview—W. R. Crow.
First Decatur— W. D. Hester, Charles R. Lee.
Audrowfle— -M. Briscoe, J. T. Weatherly, J. R. Thompson.
Harnwi »— Jno. 8. Howell, James N. Howell.
New Ce. re— W. B. Bryant, Mathew Blankenship.
Lebanon — W. J. Briscoe, T. J. Flowers, J. H. Martin.
Falktri;* W. A. McCroskey, W. T Cobbs, J. C- Tidwell.
Danvi — J. G. Orr, Q. W. Lindsey, E. D. Stephenson.
Centre ^rove — Letter — no delegate.
Blue 6 ring — Letter — no delegate.
Cherry HUl — Letter — no delegate.
The following members of the Executive Board were present. These
are ex-officio members of the Association: Dr. J. M. Kitchens, J. 6. Orr,
H. B. Irwin, W. D. Irwin, J. T. Wallace, J. a Tidwell.
The names of the delegates having been enrolled, the Association pro-
ceeded to the election of officers. Nominations for Moderator were
announc d by the Moderator to be in order. Bros. W. H. Simpson,
Jno. A. Thomason, and J. I. Stockton were placed in nomination.
Brethren R. T. Wear and J. D. McClanahan were appointed tellers.
They distributed the ballots, collected them and counted the same.
While the ballots were being counted, Bro. W. B. Crumpton, Secretary
of the tate Board of Missions, addressed the brethren on the subject of
the wr k of the Board.
The te era announced that Bro. W. H. Simpson was elected Moderator,
and Jos Shackelford, Clerk.
The Moderator-elect took the chair, and after returning his thanks to
the Association for the honor conferred, announced that the Association
was re; ly for business.
Order of Business.
On n tion of Jos. Shackelford, the order of business as published in
the it mtes of last year was made the order of business for this session,
excep hat the subject of Missions shall be made the order of the day
for 10 ^ clock a. m. Friday, and the subject of Education the order of the
day tht first thing after the intermission on Friday.
On the call for petitionary letters, a letter was presented from Austin-
ville T • ptist Church, which was read, and, on motion, the church was
receiv i, and the hand of fellowship extended to the delegates by the
Modei tor. (See names in list of delegates.)
On lotion of Bro. F. C. David, Bro. Crumpton was permitted to con-
tinue > is address, which he had commenced when the vote was being
couute l, and have thirty minutes of time, which was afterwards extended
The Moderator called for Correspondents. Eld. W. B. Crumpton,
Secretary ol the State Board of Missions, announced that he was present.
Eld. J. G. Lowery, representing the Institute Board and the Board of
Mini rial Education, was present. Both were invited to seats.
The Moderator announced the following Committees:
On i Devotional J53wm*»— The pastor and deacons ©f Mt. Piseah Church,
and Brethren H. B. Irwin and J. T. Wallace.
State of BOigion—J. D. McClanahan, Marion Briscoe, J. L. Richey
Deceased Ministers— R T. Wear, R. B. Gibson, Jas. Ratliffe.
Document*— E. D. Stephenson, J. C. Lance, J. C. Love.
Finance— H. B. Irwin, G. H. Hughes, Jno. A. Thomason.
Nomination*— J. I. Stockton, R. B. Day, G. W. Hargett.
On motion of Bro. W. Y. Quisenberry, a Committee" on Digest of Church
Letters was appointed, as follows? W. Y. Qtrisenberry, C. G. Lynch, A. G.
The Trinity School
The report of the Trustees of the Trinity School was called for, and
read by the Clerk, and ordered to be spread on the minutes:
Dbab Bkbthken: The Trustees of the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate
Institute and Normal School make this, their eighth annual report, to
your honorable body.
We have nothing of a very cheering character to report. The last ses-
sion closed with an enrollment of 64 pupils. Our Commencement exer-
cises passed off very creditably to teachers and pupils. We had no grad-
uates One young minister from Liberty Association attended this
School last session, Bro. M. L. Crutcher.
The Trustees met in Decatur on the 14th of June last, and elected Rev.
A. G. Spinks, President, Dr. Shackelford having declined a re-election.
Mr. Spinks accepted, and necessary notices were given the public of the
fact. The Trustees were very hopeful that the School would take on new
life, and that its patronage for the next session would be much larger.
Arrangements had been made with Dr. Shackelford to take the field, and
work for the upbuilding of the School. He was appointed General
Agent, with authority to collect money for the purpose of erecting an-
other building and supplying school appliances, such as globes, maps,
On the 10th of September, just one week from the time the School
was advertised to commence, the Trustees met at Decatur to receive the
resignation of Mr. Spinks, which had been handed to a member of the
Board just a few days before. The time was too short to look around for
a teacher. The Board asked Dr. Shackelford to take the School for the
next session. Realizing the situation, he agreed to do so. The Board
agreed to help him, and do what they could for the School. No one has
been out working for the School. The result has been a small opening.
We trust that the number of pupils may grow. We now have enrolled,
the third week of the session, 26 pupils. The Baptists of this Association
could send 50 pupils to the School, if they would. We have a most
desirable location for this School. It is accessible; it is healthy. We
need more buildings— buildings that will be attractive, and draw pupils.
We need more school appliances. We can make this the most attractive
educational point in North Alabama, if the Baptists and friends of the
School will give us money. Your Board will exert itself for the interest
of the School, if you will give us the means with which to work.
The Board is happy to inform you that at its last session it passed a
resolution inviting Colbert Association to join your Association, and
Liberty and Bear Creek Associations in the support of the School. That
Association has accepted the invitation, and appointed a Trustee at its
We would call attention to the fact that the time of the following
Trustees v be out at this session of your body, vis., Josephus Shackel-
ford. T. L. ? laker, and Dr. J. M. Kitchens. Their places will have to be
filled, either by their re-appointment or the appointment of others.
Respectfully submitted, J. G. Orb, President.
Jos. Shackelford, Secretary.
October 1, 1900.
The Committee on Devotional Exercises reported that Eld. W. B.
Grumpton would preach to-night, and Eld. J. 6. Lowery to-morrow night.
On motion, adjourned to meet at 9 a. m., Friday. Prayer by Eld. E. D.
SECOND DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
Friday, October 5th, 1900.
The Assc iation met pursuant to adjournment After singing, and the
reading of tue Scriptures by the Moderator, prayer was offered by Elder
J. Gunn. The minutes of yesterday were read and approved
Delayed letters were called for, when letters were received and read
from the fo^owing churches: Decatur, Harmony, New Centre, Lebanon,
Falkville, anville and Centre Grove. See the names of the delegates
enrolled oi page 2.
Elder J. V. Howard, of the Alabama Baptist, being present was recog-
nised and i . vited to a seat
The Moderator read the Constitution and Rules of Decorum of the
The hour of 10 o'clock having arrived the Moderator announced that
this was th<> time for the consideration of the subject of missions and
kindred subjects. The reports of the various standing committees on
missions we' then presented and read, as follows: Associations! Mis-
sions, repor read by Bro. J. D. McOanahan; State Missions, by Bro. L.
A. Wear; 1 otne Missions, by Bro. R. T. Wear; Foreign Misions, by Bro.
F, C. Davie'
These rej rts were, on motion, received, and the whole subject of mis-
sions was before the Association for discussion. The subject was discussed
by Bros. W. Y. Quisenberry, J. G. Lowery, J. A Howard, J. G. Orr, F.
C David and F. M. Yager. On the suggestion of Bro. Quisenberry, the
Association engaged in prayer before the discussion commenced. After
Bro. Yager ad spoken a hymn was sung, and the discussion was then
continued b. Bros. Shackelford, Lowery and Roan, when, on motion,
the Associati <a adjourned for dinner, with the understanding that the
subject of n riona would come up immediately after the recess. Prayer
by Bro. J. A. Howard.
The AsBoer tton met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. W. Y.
Quisenberry. The Moderator called for the report* of the missionaries,
which were ead and received. Bros. J. D. McOanahan, W. J. Briscoe
an* J. L. Ri< Hey, missionaries, read their reports.
The report of the Executive Board was read by Bro. H. B. Irwin, and
on motion was received and laid on the table for farther consideration.
The Moderator announced the appointment of the following brethren
to fill vacancies on standing committees, who were to report at this ses-
sion: On Ministerial Education, C. J. Lynch, J. C. Tidwell, John A.
Thomason; on Colportage Work, M. Briscoe, James McMillan, J. A.
Some remarks were made by Dr. J. M. Kitchens explanatory of the
action of the Executive Board as to helping some churches in the eastern
part of the Association.
The subject of missions was then taken up, and after remarks were
made by brethren TT. G. Buck, J. D. McOanahan, A. G. Spinks, W. R
Crow, J. M. Flood, the Moderator called for pledges. The following
pledges were made and cash reported as paid to Finance Committee for
the incoming year:
Bethel, paid F. a $ 10 00
Gave Spring, paid F. O 3 00
Danville. 23 00
Enon 15 00
Falkville. 25 00
Gum Springs (L) 5 00
Harmony 10 00
HartBeUe 55 00
Lebanon 7 50
Macedonia, paid F. C. 6 50
Mt. Hope 2500
Mt&on (L) 500
MtNebo(M). 5 00
MtNebo(F) 5 00
Total cash, $53.60; pledged, $6*1.50. Total cash and pledges, $695.10,
of these amounts. The following churches designated the amounts an-
nexed to their names for Institute work: HartBeUe $10, Lebanon $2.50,
Town Greek $5. Total, $17.50.
On motion, the Association adjourned until 9 o'clock Saturday morn-
ing, with the understanding that the subject of missions would come up
first Saturday morning after miscellaneous business and the list of pledges
finished. Prayer by the Moderator.
Mt Pisgah, paidF. C $12 00
NewHope 5 00
New Friendship, paid F. C. 6 00
New Centre, paid F. C. ... . 100
New Centre, pledged. 4 00
New Decatur 100 00
Okotona 12 00
Pleasant Hill 5 00
Salem 10 00
Town Creek 30 00
Trinity, paid F. C 5 10
Trinity, pledged. 10 00
Austtnvifie, paid F. C 10 00
Central, New Decatur 300 00
Cherry Hill, paid Clerk. ... 2 50
THIRD DAY'S PROCEEDINGS.
Saturday, October 6th, 1 900.
The Association met at the hour appointed. Bro. C G. Lynch con-
ducted the religious exercises, after which the minutes of Friday
read and approved.
On motion of Bro. J. D. Qanahan, the Committee on De c e as ed Minis-
ras instructed to mention the death of Bro. W. F. Orr, a most excel-
lent and highly respected member of Hopewell church, who had died
during the year.
The subject of help to aged ministers and to the widows of ministers
was discussed by brethren J. D. McClanahan, W. Y. Quisenberry and
R, T. Wear.
On motion, a standing committee on indigent ministers was appointed,
whose duty it shall be to find out the indigent ministers and widows of
ministers in the Association who may be in need of help, and make such
arrangements as they may be able to help them, and bring their cases
before the churches of the Association.
The subject of missions was then taken up and some more pledges were
taken. ( See list of pledges. ) Remarks were made by Bros. Shackleford,
Quisenberry, Lowery, Briscoe and R. T. Wear.
On the request of Bto. Quisenberry, a report of the Sunbeam Society,
of the Central Baptist church, New Decatur, was read by young brother
On motion, the various reporte on missions, reports of missionaries and
rep<" it of Executive Board were adopted in the order in which they were
ret 1, as follows:
We, your Committee on Associational Missions, report asfollows:
Associational missions are clearly taught in the commission of Christ,
beginning at Jerusalem, thence to all the world, as a witness unto all
nations. We are glad to report that through our board many parts of
the destitution has been supplied throughout our bounds, in the organiza-
tion of several churches m our towns and rural districts. Some are
thriving paying churches, others are poor and weak. They need to be
educated on the great subject of Associational missions, so as to increase
our treasury to at least double what its amount has been. We are glad
to report that great and lasting good has been accomplished throughout
our bounds by our much esteemed and beloved brother, F. C. David, in
his century work. No doubt there has been seed sown that will bring
fruit many days hence. We would recommend that our pastors take up
a collection, at least quarterly, for Associational missions. This would
greatly increase our Associational funds. We report about 3,000 mem-
bers. Twenty cents per member would put $600 in the hands of our
board, which would enable them to reach the destitution that is yet
within our bounds.
Brethren, there are not more than half of our members who contribute
to any cause. Some churches report over 100 members, and from twenty
to thirty of this number pay all the funds, including pastor's salary.
The remainder are anti-missionary in practice, if not in profession. If
we could get our churches converted to this God-given work it would not
be long before we could take this destitution for Christ. God grant to
speed the time when our churches will wake up to this call.
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Your Commit ee on State Missions beg leave to make the following
report: The State Board of Missions is now in its twenty -fifth year, and
the report last year was encouraging, but this year's report at Tuscaloosa
will snow a great improvement in the number of employes, and the
amount of work done. The brethren everywhere speak in the kindest
terms of the Secretary and the Board. Some of the Associations are
doing work in their own hounds, but it is not because of unfriendliness
to the Board. The centers must be occupied, is the point insisted on by
the Secretary of the State Board of Missions. This does not mean that
the country is to be, or should be neglected, but that the centers are the
danger points, which must be protected, or the whole country will be
ruined. These are the centers of influence, good and bad.
Some Bible work is being-done. Many pastors have taken Bibles and
Testaments on sale for the Board, with the understanding that they are
to donate them where parties are not able to purchase.
The Board's missionaries are instructed to give special attention to the
organization and encouragement of Sunday Schools. ^ The Board has not
been u» position to do as much along this line as desired, but hopes soon
to be able to do much more. Our Sunday School Board -at Nashville has
freely given to the State Board $300.00 worth of Bibles and Testaments,
which nas been oi great service. Besides, all that is done for State Mis-
sions strictly, it should be borne in mind that much of the increased con-
tributions from Alabama, to the Home and Foreign Boards, is due directly
to the efforts put forth by Secretary Crumpton, in the field, and by the
thousands of pages of literature he sends out from his office in Mont-
Smery. The financial exhibit, we regard as very encouraging. May
>d bless this Association, and cause it to do more for State Missions in
the future. Respectfully submitted,
L. A. Weak, ) » . ... :
W. H. Jenkins, \ Co^ta*-
While your Committee would emphasize the importance of the work
of the Home Mission Board, we would not for a moment lose sight of the
great truths, so clear to the heart of Baptists, that to preach the gospel to
every creature is the command of our Lord, whether at home or in dis-
tant lands. So Associations! Missions, State, Home and Foreign Mis-
sions, are one. But as the little handful of Baptists have multiplied
during the present century to a great multitude, it becomes necessary to
divide the one 'work into several departments, that we might the more
effectively carry out our Lord's command, to preach the gospel to every
In this Association we have tried, to some extent at least, to supply
the destitution. But when our part of the work was done, still there
was so much more needed to be done, an earnest appeal was made to our
beloved brethren of the State Board. They have heard our cry for help
and nobly have they responded; but when they have done all they could,
with the money contributed, the appeal is then made to the Home Board
to meet the necessities of the case. So in every State, embraced in the
Southern Baptist Convention, the power and influence of the Home Board
for good has been felt. It has entered the large cities, through it* mis*
sionaries. and has given to the perishing the bread of life. Besides, it
has within its field of work, frontier territory, covering about one thou-
sand miles in length, by something like five hundred miles in width
This is not confined, as many think, to work among the Indians. As a
matter of fact, the smallest part of frontier work is now being done among
the Indians. But it is work among those of our own people, who by the
hundreds, yea, by the thousands, together with people from other lands,
who are pouring into the Western and Southwestern portions of our
country. Hence the vigorous efforts of the Home Board to preach to
them the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. To the Home Board is en-
trusted the work of giving the gospel to down-trodden Cuba. Great are
the results, and wonderful the blessings that have crowned our work in
Brethren of the Muscle Shoals Association, we love to think, and also
tell that the first missionary that earth ever knew, or men ever saw, was
a Baptist; that when our Lord wanted a people made ready for his com-
ing, He sent a Baptist to do the work. Out of this people made ready,
by a Baptist preacher, our Lord constituted his church. Therefore, we
ail believe that it was a Baptist church. This church, together with
every other church founded after the Divine Model, becomes the pillar
and ground of the truth. To every church, yea, and to every individual
who is a member of the church, our Lord say&i "Go into all the world
and preach the gospel to every creature." God owns us; He has blessed
us; He has kept us. The century closes; we still see the pillar of cloud,
will go? If I cannot go in person, I will go by my prayers, and by my
money." Then would we have each member of this body, on his return
to his respective church, impart this spirit to those at home. We verily
believe, that never since the Son of God hung upon the cross, have Bap-
tists had such opportunities for doing good, and advancing the cause of
the Master, as the Baptists of the South have to-day. If we can properly
appreciate the magnitude of our position and the greatness of our oppor-
tunities, then we will be in the heartiest sympathy and co-operation
with our Home Board. Respectfully submitted,
Of all the reports submitted in our Associations and Conventions, or
any phase of Christian work, none surpasses in importance that of For-
eign Missions. Christ Jesus our Lord was a foreign missionary. What
the meaning of missionary? It means one who is sent. Was Christ
sent from heaven to this sin-accursed world? 1st John iv. 9, 10, says: "In
this was manifested the love of God toward us, because God sent his only
begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein
is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to
be the propitiation for our sins." Christ was sent into the world to
establish his own everlasting gospel. Gospel means good news — is a rev-
elation of the fact that lost sinners may be saved. It was good news,
which the world needed, but did not have, that Christ could and did
satisfy divine justice and rendered God the Father propitious in justify-
ing the believer. From the first it acted like a charm on those that
believed it. As soon as Andrew sees the Lord his soul is thrilled by the
good news, and forthwith he makes for his brother Simon, and brings
him to Jesus. Next day Jesus findeth Philip, and Philip at once bestirs
himself to find Nathaniel. Is it not true that every regenerated soul,
imbued with the Spirit of Christ, wants to stretch its arms like seas and
grasp in all the shore? Away back in the centuries of the Old Testament
saints, the Psalmist seems by prophetic vision to have great gusts of soul
desire for such a time as this, when he prays in the 67th Psalm these
words to the God of Missions: "God be merciful to us, and bless us, ****
that thy way may be known upon the earth, thy saving health among
all nations. Let the people praise thee O God, let all the people praise
thee. let the nations be glad and sing for joy."
Paul's great throbbing heart was powerfully touched by the great sal-
vation, so that he sees himself debtor to all peoples, because he had what
they needed, and did not have, and could not get without they could
hear the good news which had greeted his ears. He asks the Roman
Christians: "How shall they believe in Him of whom they have not
heard; and how shall they hear without a preacher, and how shall they
preach except they be sent?" Will these questions ever be answered?
No; they are simply unanswerable.
The labors of out missionaries in foreign fields were never more blessed
of the Lord than this year. Our work in some parts of China has been
temporarily stopped by the war which is on hand there. 80 far we have
not heard of the murder of any of our missionaries from this country.
We have lost some of our converts there, and some of Our native preachers.
God is not indifferent to His cause and people in that far off heathen
land. He will bring good to His cause out of that war cloud, and glory
to His great name. Let us never forget that God Almighty rules the
nations of this world.
Brethren of the Muscle Shoals Association, let me say to you that we
are merely playing at Missions. We are not practical enough concerning
the great work. Every year we report, we resolute, we speechify, but
about the same little sum comes up for Missions. What we pay to the
Lord is not commensurate with our ability. F. C. David.
Reports of Missionaries.
BXFOBT Of J. D. Jf'CLANAHAN.
I was employed by your Board to preach once a month at Speak's
School House, in Lawrence county, at a salary of $35.00. I have bad
regular preaching, with fine congregations, and fine interest. We had a
glorious revival of religion, which lasted seven days. We were assisted
bv our beloved Bro. Marion Briscoe most of the time, who did some
faithful preaching. We had about thirty conversions. Twelve received
by baptism, one by restoration, three under the watch-care of the church.
We have announced that we will organise a church on the third oftpbath
in November, next. We think we can go into the organization with 25
or 80 members. We consider it a field of importance. Our congrega-
tions are entirely too large to be seated in the school house, at times.
We think it best to constitute a church at this place, as it is in the centre
of a large population, I have received $10.00 on my salary. Balance
due,$2f.0T Re8I ^ anyrabn ' itt ^iD.M'C L ANAHAK.
j. l. richey's report.
I was engaged by the Executive Board to work as a missionary in the
western part of the Association, commencing May 29th, 1900, and con-
tinued until the first of October, for which I was to receive $90. The
following is my report: Miles traveled, 307; families visited, f 3; exhorta-
tions, 50? sermons preached, 55; baptisms, 4. Received on salary, $42 50;
balance due, $47.5fc ' Respectfully submitted^ BMBKr
REPORT OF W. J. BRISCOE.
By an agreement of the Executive Board and Centre Grove church, I
preached to the church during the past year. The church was to pay
goto the pastor and the Beard $25\making $50 salary for preaching
once a month? I have had preaching once a month. Held a meeting
in September, which lasted five days. There was a good revival in the
church, but no additions. I have had an additional appointment at
Ryan's Cross Roads, with good congregations. I consider this a hard
field in which to work. It is a field, however, that we ought to cultivate.
This community is thickly populated and but little Baptist preaching in
it I have received from the Board $15, and from the church $0. The
church agrees to settle the remainder ($20) at her next meeting, at
whieh time she will call her pastor. • * .... ,
W. J. Briscoe.
Report of Executive Board.
Dear Brethren — The first meeting of your Board was held at Moulton
on March 24th, 1900. At this meeting of the Board Bro. J. G. Orr was
elected President and J. M. Sandlin, Secretary.
On motion, the Board employed Bro. J. D. McClanahan to preach at
Speak' s school house until the Association, at a salary of $35. A com-
mittee of three was appointed to confer with the Central Committee to
arrange for century meetings to be held by the churches. This commit-
tee was composed of Bros. J. G. Orr, J. A. Walker, W. D. Irwin and Jos.
Shackelford. This committee was instructed to report the result of their
conference to the Board.
A meeting of the Board was called to be held on Monday after the
fourth Sabbath in April. No business was transacted at this meeting, for
want of a quorum.
The Board met at Moulton on May the 17th, 1900. Members present:
Dr. J. M. TKitchens, F. M. Carruth, J. A. Walker, W. D. Irwin, H. B.
Irwin, J. M. Shoemaker, J. T. Wallace (by proxy) and J. N. Bragg.
Bro. H. B. Irwin was made temporary chairman.
The committee appointed to confer with the Central Committee made
their report, which was discussed and the following action taken: Seven-
ty-five dollars was put at the disposal of that committee (appointed by
the Association) to arrange for meetings to celebrate the close of the
Nineteenth Century by appropriate exercises to be held throughout the
Association, which money was to be used at the best discretion of said
The Board allowed Centre Grove church $25 to procure the services of
a pastor, provided the church will give the same amount. The Board
allowed $75 to Bros. J. M. Kitchens and J. G. Orr, to be used by them
in the eastern portion of the Association in procuring pastors for destitute
churches. The Board has failed to receive monthly reports from these
brethren. The Board allowed Bros. W. D. Irwin, H. B. Irwin and J. N.
Bragg $90, to be used in the western portion of the Association. These
brethren employed Bro. J. L. Richey at a salary of $90 until the Asso-
ciation to preach at destitute places jn the section above named. Bro.
Richey has made to this Board monthly reports, and we think he has
done good and faithful work. Respectfully. submitted,
Jonathan G. Orr, President.
J. M. Sandlin, Secretary.
Report of Committee on Digest of Church Letters.
Your Committee on Digest of Church Letters makes an incomplete
report, as it had in hand only thirty-six letters from the forty-eight
churches belonging to the Asssociation, but we think these letters con-
tain some very suggestive facts. We find only three of these churches
contributing to all fix of the boards fbr our general work — Home, State,
Foreign, Ministerial Education, Ofphanage and Institute Board. We
find three churches giving to State Missions, four to Home Missions,
three to the Orphanage; seven to the Institute Board, nine to Ministerial
Education and eleven to Foreign Missions. We find twenty-one of the
thirty-six churches not giving one cent to any Of these six great objects.
Fifteen of the thirty-six churches report no Sunday school. Excepting
three churches, we find those reporting pastors' salary to average only
$65. We find. Only one church contributing to the support of aged min-
isters. We find only three churches contributing to the Bible and Col-
portage work, fifteen churches contributed to AsBociational Missions and
almost nothing to the mission boards. We find seven churches, with a
membership of 859, having contributed nothing, not even for printing
Minutes. We find those churches which have contributed most hberally
—» — ' " ■ »
have received greater blessings, spiritually. We find an increase of over
two hundred dollars for Foreign Missions. We find a slight increase in
State Missions, but a decrease in the number of churches giving. We
find an increase in baptisms. There were 108 from forty-eight churches
last year, and 164 from thirty-six churches this year.
, W. Y. QUISENBEKKY,
C. G. Lynch,
A. G. Spines.
Explanation by the Clerk.
The Association, at the request of the Clerk, allowed him to make an
explanation of the manner in which the churches reported their contri-
butions to the Association, which he makes as follows:
1. Some of the churches do not report in their letters what they have
contributed, or sent up, for the various objects fostered by the Associa-
tion. They ought to do so. The delegates content themselves by report-
ing it to the Finance Committee, and it appears in the report of that
committee. Some times the letters report more than is actually sent up.
2. Some churches send all their mission money and minute money to
the Association, expecting it to be divided by the Association among the
different Mission Boards. About seven did this last year, and about the
same number this year. Of the 48 churches mentioned in the report as
belonging to the Association, two were lettered out a year ago — Kussell-
ville and Macedonia (F). Three have not been represented, either by
delegates or letters, in two years, and will be dropped from our list*
namely, Darlington, Mi. Zion (M) and Pleasant Hill (L). This leaves 43
churches. Since the Association another church (Cherry Hill) sent a
letter and money, |8.00, and has called for a letter of dismission. Of the
43 churches, 39 are reported in the Finance Committee's report as send-
ing money to the Association or giving to the various objects — some to
one thing and some to another. Small amounts, it is true, but some-
thing! There are four churches of the 43 that report nothing, and they
were not represented, either by letter or delegates. One of these, I
know, has usually given something to Missions. I know that our
churches and our people do not give as much as they are able and ought
to give. Nearly 3,000 members ought to contribute $3,000 annually to
the Mission work and Education, to say nothing of other objects, but I
thought that it was due to the churches to make this statement, in view
of the report of the Committee on the Digest of the Letters, as a wrong
impression might be made by that report. The committee did the best
they could with the material at hand. The Finance Committee's report,
found in these minutes, will give a correct account of the money ex-
pended by the churches during the last Associational year, and sent up
to the Association as reported by the delegates and otherwise to that
XDUCATION— REPORT OF BOARD OF MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
The report was read by the Secretary of the Board. On motion, it was
received and laid over for discussion.
The report on Ministerial Education was read by Bro. C. G. Lynch,
and took the same course.
The report on Century Meetings, read by Bro. R. T. Wear; on Educa-
tion, read by Jos. Shackelford; Bro. F. C. David's report on Century
Work; on Institute Work, read by Bro. M. Briscoe, and on Colportage
Work, by Bro. M. Briscoe, took the same direction; and the whole sub-
Ject oi Education was discussed by the following brethren: Joe. Shackel-
ford discussed the importance of den om inational schools, and the duty
of Baptists to support their own schools; Bra Quisenberry on the duty
of Baptists to supply themselves with Baptist literature; Bra M. Briscoe
on Colportage; also, Bro. Spinks and Bra Lowery on Ministerial Educa-
tion and the Minister's Institute Work; Bro. J. D. McClanahan, also, on
Institute Work. On motion, the discussion closed until the evening
On motion, the Treasurer was authorised to pay over to Bra F. C.
David the amount collected for Institute work and paid into the Treas-
urer' s hands by the Finance Committee.
The report on the Orphans' Home was read by Bra J. T. Wallace.
A public collection was taken for the Home, amounting to $24.01. The
report was adopted, as follows:
Your Committee on the Orphans' Home report as follows: The
Orphans' Home is an institution of which the Baptists of Al a b ama
should feel proud. It is under the management of our beloved and gen-
erous-hearted brother, Rev. John W. Stewart, and his co-workers, who
are doing a great work. That it is the home of the orphan, is a sufficient
appeal to all Christians. We have no information as to the number of
children in the Home, but the number is increasing constantly, and the
demands for help are also increasing. .We therefore recommend that the
churches of this Association take monthly collections for the Home, and
that this body take up a public collection and try to raise at least 120.00
for the Home. Respectfully submitted,
J. T. Waxlack,
J. 8. Howeix.
The Moderator announced the Standing Committees, as follows:
On Associational Missions— W. T. Cobbs, J. G. Orr, Jno. 8. Howell.
State Missions— J. L Stockton, J. P. Lance, W. J. Briscoe.
. Home Mission*- A. G. Spinks, Chas. W. Lee, C. C. Willis.
Foreign Missions— W. Y. Quisenberry, J. C. Orr, W. D. Irwin.
EducatUm— Job. Shackelford, W. 0. Buck, Willis Brothers.
Ministerial Edtuxrtum—Jackaon Gunn, D. W. Hanby, J. T. Wallaca
Orphans' Home— J. D. McClanahan, J. A. Moore, W. M. East.
Temperance— R. T. Wear, J. M. Sandlin, F. H. Orr.
Colportage— J. C. Tidwell, H. B. Irwin, F. D. Stephenson.
Sunday Schools— Jno. A. Thomason, L. A. Wear, J. J. Sandlin.
Institute Worb—F. C. David, J. S. Weaver, T. H. Johnson.
Indigent Ministers— F. C. David, M. Briscoe, W. D. Irwin.
On motion, the Association adjourned for one hour. Prayer by Bro.
W. Y. Quisenberry.
The Association met pursuant to adjournment. Prayer by Bro. T. H.
The reports on Education, and kindred subjects, were severally adopted,
Report of Board of Ministerial Education.
% Your Board of Ministerial Education make the following report to your
body: The Board has had no applications for assistance this year; hence
we have had no occasion to call on the churches for contributions for
The money collected at our last Association to pay the debts of the
Board, and the subscriptions made then to be paid in thirty days, has
been paid out, and all the debts of the Board paid. Six dollars and fifty
cents of the subscriptions for this purpose have not been paid.
There is now remaining in the hands of the Treasurer a balance of 84
cents. We present herewith the report of the Treasurer, which will
show how the money collected for Ministerial Education has been spent.
J. G. Obr, President.
Jos. Shackelford, Secretary.
Jos. Shacxelfoed, Treasurer,
In Account with Board of Ministerial Education.
Sept. 29, To amount collected from churches and indi-
viduals at the Association $ 42 72
Oct. 2, To amount from W. D. Irwin, Treasurer of
Association 33 80
Oct. 2, To amount from Okolona Church 5 17
Oct. 8, To amount from Trinity Church $5.00, Central
Church, $2.01, New Decatur 7 01
Oct. 10, To amount from J. W. Owen...., ... 1 00
Oct. 10, To amount from Bethany Church, per J. W .
Owen 2 00
Oct. 15, To amount from Danville Church 15c., Hills-
boro Church $2.50 2 65
Oct. 20, To amount from Town Creek Church $5, Deca-
tur Church, per Mrs. Simpson, $2.50 7 50
Nov. 1, To amount from Enon Church $2, Hartselle
Church $4.24 8 24
Jan. 3, To amount from Harmony Church $2, Rocky
Creek Church, per J. E. Weaver, $2. 4 00
Feb. To amount from Russellville Church, per A. W.
Briscoe •. 10 00 —
Total collected * 122 °°
Jos. Shackelford, Treasurer,
In Account with Board of Ministerial Education.
Total collected , $122 09
By amount due Treasurer on last report.... $ 2 68
By amount Hartselle & Son, per order of J. L.
Richey 2 50
By amount paid A. W. Briscoe, his pledge...... 5 00
By amount paid A. W. Briscoe, on board 12 52
By amount paid J. L. Richey for books. 8 65
By amount paid Stephenson & Wylie on J. *L.
Richey's order 11 90
By amount paid G. W. Fullman & Son on J. L.
Richey's order. 36 40
By amount paid of J. L. Richey's tuition half
of nine months 10 00
By amount paid Stephenson AWylie, per A. W.
Briscoe's order 2 00
By amount paid Charles Wiggins, order of J. L.
Richey, rent 14 50
By amount paid A. W. Briscoe by Russell ville
Church. .? 10 00
By tuition of A. W. Briscoe and rent of room.. 10 00
By cost for stamps on checks and postage 10
Balance in hands of Treasurer 84 — $122 09
Secretary and Treasurer.
Report of Committee on Century Work.
Your committee appointed at the last meeting of this body to arrange
century meetings, to be observed by the churches of the Association this
year, beg leave to report as follows:
We have to say that just such a year for rain, mud and slush is not in
the memory of our oldest citizens. In the latter part of the winter, and
during the spring months, your committee made three different attempts
to get a quorum of our committee together, that steps might be taken to
inaugurate work for a suitable observance of the history of Baptists dur-
ing the Nineteenth Century. In July we succeeded in employing Rev.
F. C. David to enter the field and prosecute the work. He was instructed
to appoint meetings where it would be most convenient for adjacent
churches to attend. He was also to arrange and send program of time
and place for meetings, and names of speakers and their subjects. He
was also to attend each appointment and open and conduct the meetings.
Bro. David was employed for two months at a salary of $37.50 per month.
We presume he has a report of the work done. We refer you to that as
to the results of his appointments.
J. L fcrOCKTON,
R. T. Wear,
J. £. Weaver,
T. V. Shoemaker,
Report on Century Work.
I was appointed last July by the Century Committee, appointed at the
last Association, to arrange for meetings in the bounds of the Association
and to appoint speakers and assign each one a subject. Accordingly
century meetings were appointed tor eleven churches, the most accessi-
ble to sister churches not having any of these appointments. Fourteen
speakers were appointed, as you have seen in the program, and a subject
assigned to each. Meetings were held at ten of these appointments.
Sickness in the community prevented one church from meeting, though
Bro. Stockton and I met at the time and place. One other church it did
not suit to meet at the time suggested and the meeting was given to
In the round of campaign work there were fifty-nine addresses deliv-
ered and twenty-one sermons preached. I distributed about 3,000 pages
of century literature The weeks covered by the meetings, owing to the
unprecedented wet spring months, was inopportune, so far as giving the
speakers an opportunity to attend. The century meetings unavoidably
had to cover the protracted meeting season, and each pastor had to be at
his post in the annual protracted meetings. Dr. Shackelford had but little
of his time occupied in the pastorate. I therefore looked forward with
pride and pleasure to his strong help in nearly all the appointments, but
alas! great and sore affliction in his family kept him away from all except
At nearly all the appointments I had valuable aid, but in a few I was
almost alone, so far as public speaking was concerned. Upon the whole
the meetings have been a signal success and of great interest and benefit
throughout the bounds of the Association. I dare say that the sermons
preached and the addresses delivered at these century meetings have
provoked more thought and discussion for the past eight weeks about
Baptist history in the last hundred years than for a Bcore of years previ-
ous by the general membership of the Association. To recount the his-
tory of our denomination and the goodness of God to us during the
century was a fitting thing for the Association to do. Scores and hun-
dreds who have listened to the thrilling accounts of the trials, persecu-
tions and the wonderful growth under God in membership, influence and
power, and all the enterprises fostered by the denomination, have, re-
joiced that they are Baptists.
I was employed for two months at $37.50 per month. Received from
the Treasurer of the Association $35, balance due $40.
Report of Committee on Education.
At every session of this Association a report has been made on the
subject of education. Whether these reports, made from year to year,
have made any impression on the minds of those who have read them
in the Minutes, we Know not. Sometimes we have thought it doubtful
whether many of our brethren have ever read them. We trust, however,
that they have done some good, and that more interest has been created
in the subject of education Dy the publication of these reports. In this
report we do not design discussing the general subject of education, nor
do we wish to show its importance. We believe that the great mass of
our people realize that it is important to educate their children, and
many of them are striving to do it. They are conscious of the fact that
if they wish their children to keep up with the progress of the world,
and. become anything in the world, they must educate them.
What we wish to do in this paper is to show the importance of denomi-
national education, and the duty of maintaining denominational schools.
As soon as Baptists were peh cted to preach their doctrinal witttoUt
the fear of the jail, the whippin
organize schools — first to educate
their children; Brd.wn UnlverAit
first Baptist college in tne UriiL
schools were also organized — Hop
Other high schools were organs
educate preachers. Afterwards o
that it was necessary to have sch
own children if they wished to p'
to work and founded schools, on
Baptist college or university in V
post and death, they commenced to
young ministers, ana then to educate
, jiow at Providence*. R L, was. the
States, founded in 1764. Some high
.veil Academy, In SeW Impf, in 17».
d. The object of all, at first, WW to
r fathers saw, or thought they saw,
ols in which they could educate their
*erve them to the Baptist. They went
after another, until now we have a
jost every State in the Union, and in
some two or more, and quite a lat e number of high schools and acade-
mies. Let me call your attention to a few facts, as to what Baptists have
done in the way of education in r little more than a century. We have
in the United States seven tb logical seminaries, with sixty-seven
instructors and one thousand and 'ixty-one students. We have ninety-
four universities and Colleges, . .th fifteen hundred and ninety-four
instructors and twenty-two thousa d four hundred and sixty students,
of which one thousand four hum .ed and sixty-two are students for the
ministry. We have seventy ^eighi -> -ademies, high schools and institutes,
With ten thousand and fifty<nine tnipils, The entire value of property
devoted to education is $27,387,77 , with an endowment of $16,190,931.
This is what was reported two yeans ago. Why all this? Why have
Baptists put so much money in t >ese various institutions of learning?
We have now, and have had. State ^hoo's and universities, private high
schools and colleges, and schools of l < .gh order, belonging to other denomi-
nations, and there are Christian hools, that can give our children all
the education they need, and some of them at cheaper rates than our
schools can give. Our fathers, who commenced building Up our denomi-
national schools, thought that it was necessary to the welfare and progress
of the denomination that they should have these schools, and to nave
them they gave their money, time and labor cheerfully. Were they right
Or wrong in their opinions? Hav« there been any developments in these
recent years along the educational line that teaches us that these grand
and good men, who founded these institutions of learning, were too
narrow-minded, and did not look i fc the matter right? Let us see: It is
lucateand to have schools of their
Iy. In those States where Baptists
tutions, they have grown the faster,
of Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky.
In these States the Baptists have i any denominational schools. A col-
lege in Virginia, two or three iu Kentucky, and quite a number of
academies and high schools. Th -e colleges and schools have been
most potent factors in producing the growth of the denomination
in those States. That growth h * been almost phenomenal. When
we get ready to turn over to the Htate and to other denominations the
education of our children, then we may prepare to see our church houses
vacated and our members growing less every year and our influence, as a
people, upon the religious thought c the country dwindle into insignifi-
cance. It is all important that we maintain our denominational schools,
universities and colleges, and high schools. They are necessary to our
development as a denomination, and to our growth. We cannot do
without them. The high school i just as important as the college or
university. In tact it is more impci int. It reaches a larger number of
our young men and young ladies, ov
more extensive. We have in Alaba
and the Baptists of Alabama si
Howard College, at East Lake.
a fact that when Baptists began to
own they began to grow more rap
have had the most educational in
We refer particularly to the State
boys and girls, and its influence is
i some good denominational schools,
Id patronize them. We mention
n institution that has had many
reverses, but is now, we trust, on solid ground. It has no endowment,
it is true, but it is out of debt, and if the Baptists of Alabama will pat-
ronize it, as they ought, it will continue to grow, and in a few years it
will be endowed. The Judson, at Marion, and the Central, at Tuska-
loosa, are schools for girls and young women, and are worthy of patronage.
Our own school, at Trinity, has had its reverses. Burned out at Danville,
it has arisen again, at Trinity, occupying one of the most beautiful and
suitable sites for a school in North Alabama. On a mountain with a
grand view of the beautiful Tennessee Valley, with a salubrious climate
and the purest water, it is just such a location that our fancy would
select for an educational centre. It belongs to the Baptists, and they
should appreciate its value and importance. This school appeals to the
Baptists of North Alabama for patronage. It is not what you would
have it to be, make it what it ought to be. Give your money to erect a
larger building and to supply the school with such things as it needs.
Send your sons and daughters to it. Help it along. It is weak; you
can make it strong. Do not talk against it, but talk for it. If every
Baptist in this Convention would say a third more for this school and
try to get students to attend it, instead of speaking disparagingly of it, it
would soon be full of pupils. If this school is an unnecessary thing, and
we have no use for it, as a denomination, and we do not need a Baptist
school in North Alabama, kill it. If we, as a denomination, are too poor
to sustain it, and we cannot maintain a school of this character in our
midst, let us give it up, and authorize the Trustees to dispose of it to
the best advantage, and then let us say to the world we do not need a
denominational school. But we cannot believe that the Baptists of the
Muscle Shoals Association and the other Associations to which this school
belongs are ready to say any such thing. We cannot but believe that
you realize the importance of education to us as a denomination and in
a denominational school, and we beg you to rise in your might, as a
people, and as an Association, and say this school shall live. We will
support it. We will give it our prayers, our patronage and our money.
Jos. Shackelford, Chm'n.
Your Committee on Institute Work, report with pleasure, that the
work is progressing nicely all over the State, according to the Ala-
bama Baptist, and the Semumizer, which Is the organ of the Institute
Board. We have also conferred with Bro. G-. S. Anderson, the Super-
intendent of the work, and who is also onr efficient lecturer on -'Ser-
mon Building," or "Structure." We have in Alabama 1,250 ordained
preachers. Only 594 are pastors, while there are 656 who are unem-
ployed. Now, the object of the Board is to reach as many of these
unemployed preachers as possible, and try to enlist them in the great
work whereunto God has called them. Only about 130 of our 1,250
preachers in Alabama have been helped by onr schools, leaving 1,125
who have never had the logical training in the seminaries. The Board
is trying to place within the reach of all our preachers some help in
the study of God's Word, and the preparation of sermons. Now,
brethren, when our State debt was cancelled sometime ago, the
indebtedness of the Institute Board was overlooked Bro. Lewis
gave $1,0<«0 to relieve the debt of this Board upon the condition that
another $1,000 should be raised by the Baptists of Alabama. We
recommend that this Association appropriate $50 to this Board.
J. L 8TOCKTOW,
Eld. Jos. Shackelford offered toe following preambles and resolu-
tions, which, on motion, were a< pted :
Whereas, Some of the Baptist Associations of North Alabama
did, in 1893, establish the North Alabama Baptist Collegiate Institute
and Normal School, and located it at Danville, Morgan county, Ala.,
these Associations being the Liberty, Muscle Shoals and Big Bear
Whereas, The large and commodious school buildings, with their
contents, were destroyed by fire on December 25, 1898; and
Whereas, The Board of Trustees, acting for these Associations,
did remove said school to Mountain View, near Trinity, Ala , having
received a donation of money and land from the kind people of Trinity
and its neighborhood to do so ; and
Whereas, Said school is now established at that place and la
struggling for existence ; and
Whereas, This Association is a part owner of said school and
has in the past, and at every session since it was founded, expressed
its sympathy for the school, and urged, from time to time, the Baptists
of this Association to patronize it ; therefore, be it
Resolved. 1 That we, as an Association, recognize the importance
to the Baptists of North Alabama of this school, and believe that it
patronized by our people as it deserves it will be of great value to
them as a denomination. We therefore advise and urge our people,
who have sons and daughters to educate, to patronize it when they
have to send off to school.
Resolved, 2. That we feel that a high school, such as our school
professes to be, is of the greatest importance to us as a people ; and,
while we are gratified at the bright prospects which now opens up to
Howard College, and wish it the greatest success, and would urge all
of our Baptist young men who wish a higher course than our school
offers them, to go to the Howard. At the same time we most
emphatically recommend our brethren who have boys and girls, who
are not prepared for the Howard or any other school of higher grade,
to send them to the Trinity School.
Resolved, 8. That we realize the necessity for this school to have
another building and school appliances, in order for it to do effective
work. y» e therefore urge and advise our churches and our people to
contribute liberally of their means to these objects when the agent of
the Board shall call upon them
Resolved, 4. That we are gratified to learn that Colbert Association,
at its late session, accepted the visitation of the Board of Trustees
of our school, to become associated with us in the support of the
school, and elected a Trustee for the same.
Resolved, 5. That we think this school ought to be the school for
North Alabama Baptists. Therefore, we suggest to the Board of
Trustees that they make a proposition, similar to that made to the
Colbert Association, to all the Baptist Associations in North Alabama,
not already affiliated with us, say in the counties of Lauderdale,
Marion, Winston, Calhoun, Marshall, Jackson and Madison, to co-
operate with us in the support and building up of said school.
The subject of ministerial education was again taken up and pledgee
called for. The following pledgee were made:
PLEDGES FOB MINISTERIAL EDUCATION.
Bethel Church. $ 1 00
Enon 1 50
Hillsboro 1 00
Macedonia. 1 00
Town Creek 5 00
Trinity 5 00
W. H. Simpson „.. 5 00
Central Church, N. Decatur..$50 00
Harmony 2 00-
Hartselle 1 00
Pleasant Hill 2 5fr
O. F. Wright 2 00
W. T. Cobbs. 1 00
Total $78 00-
as your Executive
G. Lynch, J. W. Gib-
Buck, J. H. Hargrove,
er, W. D. Irwin,.
The Committee on Nominations made the following report, which was
Your Committee on Nominations would su;
Committee the following: Jno. A. Thomason,
son, G. H. Hughes, Dr. J. M. Kitchens, W. C.
A. W. Bailey, J. G. Orr, W. H. Simpson, A. J
As the Board of Ministerial Education the re-election of the old board.
(See names on page 2 of cover.)
To fill vacancies in the Board of Trustees of our school at Trinity: Jos.
Shackelford, Dr. J. M. Kitchens and T. W. Williams.
Preacher of the Introductory Sermon and alternate: Elder Jos. Shack-
elford and L. A. Wear.
The place for the next meeting of the Association, Lebanon church in
R. B. Day, )
G. W. Habgett, [• Committee.
J. I. Stockton, J
The Association, by vote, agreed to meet with the Lebanon church,
Morgan county, on Thursday before the first Sabbath in October, 1901.
State of Religion.
The report on the State of Religion was read by Bro. J. D. McClan-
ahan and adopted, as follows:
Tour Committee on State of Religion report as follows: We find
from the reading of the letters from the churches, in number 36, that
these has been an increase by baptism over that reported last year.
The number reported is 147. We are glad to report that there baa
been a great demonstration of the Spirit and power of God in oar
midst in the conversion of many precious souls, and many of our
churches have been gloriously revived and spiritually built up. We
furthermore report that the Lord has graciously blessed the labors of
We are sorry to report that some of our churches are weak, religi-
ously and financially. Some are without pastors Many of them do
not report a Sunday School or prayer meeting. If our churches will
follow the example of the first church, at Jerusalem, by assembling
the first day of the week, and hold some kind of religious service, ft
woul< not be long until there would be a great outpouring of the
Spirit , which will win us to a high state of Christian living and
giving. Respectfully submitted,
J. D MCCLANAHAN,)
Marion Briscob, > Committee.
John L. Richey, J
Report on Deceased Ministers.
The report on Deceased Ministers was read by Bro. R. T. Wear
and adopted, as follows:
Your Committee on Deceased Ministers, with sadness, report the
fact that death has invaded our ranks and removed from our midst
two of our brethren in the ministry— Brethren J R. Black man, of
Court land, Ala., and J S. Gibson, of Mt. Hope, Ala. We also note
the death of Bro. Willis P. Orr, who, though not a minister, was for
many years a prominent member of this body. We bow in submission
to the will of God, praying his blessings upon the bereaved families,
and trusting that the hand of Providence will direct them, and en-
able them to see that God doeth all things well.
R. T. Wear, i camm\ttap>
Jamks Ratxtfitk, S lonumm
Committee on Documents called for. No report.
The Committee on Finance made their report, which was adopted.
(See table )
Report of Treasurer called for. Bro. W. D. Irwin, the Treasurer,
being present, stated that on leaving home he thought he had his re-
port in his pocket, which was made out, but discovered afterwards
that he had left it. It was ordered that he send his report to the
Executive Board, and they were authorized to pass upon it and have
it spread upon the minutes.
Messengers to Other Bodies.
Bro. W. T Cobbs was appointed a messenger to the Cullman Asso-
ciate n. .
On motion any brother in good standing with his church, in this
Association, is authorized to represent this body in any of the Asso-
ciations with which we correspond, namely, Liberty, Big Bear Creek,
Colbert and Florence.
To State Convention— E. D. Stephenson, R. T. Wear, A. G. Spinks,
W. " '. Quisenberry.
(b • tthern Baptist Convention-rBro Jno. A. Thomason was elected,
with 2 D. Stephenson alternate.
R 7. Wear offered the following, which was adopted:
B olved, That this Association tender to the brethren and sisters
of V t. Pisgah Church; also to the good people of Flint and surround-
ing community, our sincere and hearty thanks for their generous hos-
pitality during the sittings of this body.
THANKS TO MODEBATOB.
A. G. Spinks offered the following, which was adopted:
Resolved, That the thanks of this Association are tendered Jndge
Simpson for the earnest, honest, dignified and impartial way in which
he has presided over the Association.
PRINTING MINUTES AND CLBBX'S FEB.
Bro. B. T. Wear offered the following, which was adopted:
Besolved, That^the Association pay the Clerk the usual fee for his
services, and that he have 1,000 copies of the minutes printed, and
that he superintend the distribution of them.
DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS.
Bro B. T. Wear offered the following, which was adopted:
Besolved, That we leave to the wisdom of the Executive Board the
division and distribution of the funds that may be on hand, after the
instructions of the churches are carried out.
The Committee on Devotional Exercises made the following report
for services on Sunday:
9 a. m.— Sunday School Mass Meeting, to be conducted by Bro.
C. G. Lynch.
11 a. m.— Sermon by Bro. J. Gunn.
2 p. m.— Sermon by F. C. David.
ft The Committee on Sunday Schools made the following report, which
was adopted: ||
In our report on Sunday Schools, we shall report only the pupils,
not the teachers, as the teachers are expected to be church members,
not learners. Last year, out of 36 churches, 24 reported Sunday
Schools, with a membership of 866. This year, out of 28 churches, 20
report Sunday Schools, with a membership of 1,033, and only eight out
of the number without Sunday Schools. So the per cent, of Sunday
Schools is increasing. But we are afraid the majority of the mem-
bership of this Association do not appreciate the importance of the
Sunday 8chool work as auxiliary to the church. It is commanded of
God that we teach the children, and show how he rewards and pun-
ishes man for the good or evil he does. Look in Deuteronomy, vi. 7,
and see tow old the Sunday School is.
We have looked up the baptisms in all the different churches, and
find 118 baptisms in the churches with Sunday Schools, and 27 in
those without Sunday Schools. These figures tell a story of the effect
of instilling the truths of the Scriptures into the young mind. We
would warn teachers and superintendents against too much reliance
on literature. It is the Word of God that sinks into the soul, and
springs up and bears fruit unto eternal life.
Bespectfully submitted, O. F. Wright.
Ve, your Committee on Colportage, ask to submit the following:
?e are sad, indeed, to note that after this important subject has
t» n so frequently and earnestly agitated, that this year nothing baa
be* n done, whatever, in the way of colportage work
brethren it is a fact that we live in a day when all ages, and espe-
«' Jy the young, read The literature thrown into their hands is the
' ss they'l read, digest, and
that will make lasting impressions upon
As Christians, we recommend that good, wholesome, Christian
literature be afforded them
Vs Baptists, realizing that we have the Truth, we urge the import-
«l "O of distributing our own literature, published by our Boards and
S oieties We further recommend that a Colporter, full of the Holy
C >ost, and zeal for the cause, be put in the field, that he may,
t -ether with visiting the homes of the people, and preaching to them
w on congregated, meet the vile influence of those who invade our
i nks and pour out their venomous heresies. Thus souls may be
a akened to accept Christ, drooping spirits in the church revived,
an 1 Christ's name glorified through this avenue of great work.
The following report on Temperance was read and adopted :
The subject of Temperance is one of great importance. Temper-
ance is a virtue in youth, a supporter of pleasantness in the home,
■elevating to the morals of society, and the source of many joys not
known to the inebriate, who finds existence a burden, from which he
seeks relief in the soothing oblivion which the stupifying cup affords
hit a. The wine cup produces evils far beyond those which arise from
th- neglect of duty. The maddening demon within the drunkard's
bosom and brain often drives him to the commission of acts over
wl ich he himself weeps, and would give worlds, if he had them,
•cc ;ld he recall the acta and wipe out the shame God claims dominion
•£ ^r all, and he has declared that no drunkard shall inherit the
Ik. lgdom of Heaven We should guard against intemperance as we
would against having our eyes put out or our hands cut off.
J. L. RlCHEY, )
W. J Briscoe, > Committee.
Jonathan G Orb,)
D. Ibwin , Treasurer,
In account with Muscle Shoals Association.
To amount on hand as reported last Association. $108 98
To amount received from Finance Committee .. 373 18
To amount rec'd from Courtland Church fund.. 16 00
To amount 8. 8. collection from F. C. David ... 1 76
To amount from W. H. Mustin for Missions 2 00
To am't from Town Creek Church for Missions 2 30
To am't from G. W. Rand and wife for Missions 2 00
To am't from J. D. Hagood and wife for Missions 50
To am't from James Campbell for Missions 50
To cash from Falkville Church for Missions 25 00
To cash from Pleasant Grove Ch. for Missions.. 1 75
To cash from Moulton Church 31 25
To cash from Harmony Church for Missions ... 2 15
To cash from Frank Owen, bequest 20 00 — $587 37
By cash paid W. E. Wright $ 10 00
By cash paid J. D. McClanahan 20 00
By cash paid J. O. A. Pace 24 60
By cash paid Ministerial Board 38 97
By cash paid Joseph Shackelford, clerk's fee... 25 00
By cash paid Ministers' Institute Board 31 15
By cash paid Vera Shoemaker on salary 40 00
By cash paid State Mission Board 54 32
By cash paid Home Mission Board 18 78
By cash paid Foreign Mission Board 52 68
By cash paid for printing Minutes 40 00
By cash paid for stamps and stationery 50
By cash paid Foreign Board 36 00
By cash paid J. D. McClanahan 10 00
By cash paid J, L. Richey 22 50
By cash paid Center Grove Church 15 00
By cash paid J. L. Richey 20 00
By cash paid F. C. David 35 00— $494 50
By balance on hand $ 92 87
The Association having compl* ;d its business, on motion it
adjourned, to meet with the Leban< Baptist Church, on Thursday
before the first Sabbath in October, 1901.
After singing a parting song and giving the parting hand, prayer
was made by Eld. J. Gunn, and the Moderator pronounced the Asso-
ciation adjourned. W. H. SIMPSON, ModeraUrr.
Jos. Shackelford, Clerk.
Sunday b vices.
Sunday morning opened with rain, ud it rained the greater part of
the day, which lessened the congreg tions very materially. Services
were held, however, as appointed: nday school mass meeting, led
by Bro. C. G. Lynch; preaching a 11 a. m. by Bro. J. Gunn, and
preaching at 2 p. m. by Bro. F. C. >avid.
A small collection was taken up, amounting to $2.84, which was
turned over to Bro. David, for the Institute Board.
REPORT OF FINANCE COMMITTEE,
Central, New Decatur...
•240 23 ( $.
$ 1 76
Macedonia (. If )
• ■■ ••■>•*
Mt. Nebo (F).,
Mt. Pisgah __
New Decatur, First ..
Shady Grove ..
New Prospect „
Blue Spring „
•68 08 $ 1 60 $67 12
$12 73 $27 00
•220 55$29 14
$34 50 $28 80
Touchers were received from Central, New Decatur, for $15.00 for Indigent Ministers, $12.29 for A. B. T. 8., $26 28 tor Howard
College, and $50.00 for Central College. These Touchers are not included in the sum total of the following recapitulation. If they were,
the sum total would be $1,127.80.
Your Finance Committee offers the following report, which will show
the sum total received from the churches for the various objects, and
the vouchers. The cash, amounting to 1346.60, we have paid to the
Rkckiykd tor Gash
State Missions $ 9 84
Home Missions 1 50
Foreign Missions 19 25
Ass~"iational Missions 220 55
Ministerial Education 34 50
Ministers' Institute 12 73
Orphans' Home 29 91
Minutes , 24 37
$ 58 08
$ 67 92
$352 65 $671 58 $1024 23
Cash paid Treasurer .$346 60
Cash from Cherry Hill Church since meeting, in hands of Clerk .. 8 00
Collections on Sabbath, paid F. C. David for Institute Work i.. 2 84
H. B. Irwin,
John A. Thomason
Geo. H. Hughes
Note. — The Finance Committee made a slight mistake, paying Treas-
urer more money than accounted for. — Clerk.
Financial Exhibit of Muscle Shoals Baptist Association for Year 1900.
Central, New Decatur.
Centre Grove ,
Gum Springs (£)
Gum Springs (Jf )
Mt. Zion (L)
Mt. Nebo (Jf)
Mt. Nebo (F)
New Friendship .
New Centre ........
1 00 1 00
Total <67 92J$68 62 $357 61 1249 69 226 49 $104 03 $60 00 $120 60 $24 37 $2016 67l$1367 25 $ 488 50 f 4941 30 $ 26,620 00
• Women's Aid Society. f Sunday School. J Institute Board. | In memory of Mia Glen ©it, by her lather.
Bkmabkb by thk Clmx.— The column Ministerial includes amount given for Ministerial Education, as well as for Ministers' Institute
The clerks of ch arches (except a few) will not report pastors' salaries, hence we cannot give a true account. Some churches report m
etters money sent to Association and sent off, yet the amounts do not appear in Finance Committee's report and do not appear in this table.
STATISTICS OF MUSCLE SHOALS BAPTIST ASSOCIATION, 1900.
Central, New Decatur
New Friendship ....
New Decatur, 'irst.
Lawn uce ..
J. I. Stockton
W. Y. Quisenberry.
W. J. Briscoe
John T. Thompson .
J. K. Roan W.J. Weaver.
M. Briscoe George W. Lindsey..
None iL. R. Day
J. D. McClanahan J. T. Wallace
M. R Berry
J. C. Love
J. W. Owen
W. R. Crow
W. T. Collier
John A. Thomason ..
J. A. Crawford
E. R. Richeson
W. T. Oobbs K. L. Hays
No report E.J. Pannell
None W. H. Muston ..
L. A Wear John S. Howell
T. H. Johnson IW. A. Aycock....
J. G. Lowery E. P. Johnson...,
J. D. McClanahan tK. H. Orr
W. J Briscoe ,
J. I. Stockton
B T. Wear
J. M. Roberts
R. T. Wear
F. M. Yeargen
J. L. Richey
J. J. Churchwell.....
J. E. Roan
W. E. Wright
T. V. Shoemaker
L. A. Wear
J. J. Churchwell
J. E. Weaver
L A. Wear
J. E. Weaver
J. I. Stockton J. A. Moore
No report J. L. Wright..
J. Gunn Q. W. Russell.
R. T. Wear John N. Jackson .
J. 1. Stockton B Gillentine.
H. J. Thomason. ......
J. S. Brumbelow
U. 0. Hall
H. B. Irwin
George W. Jackson...
J. H. Butler
George W. Hargett...
B. B. Gibson
H. A. McClelland
M. A. Masterson
W. J. Blankenship ...
R. L. Henderson
R. L. Bond
M. C. Bragg
J C. Allison
H. E. Weatherwax...
Town Creek ,
Basaham v .„
Hargetts Mills ...
Total 2680 166 182 2 16 149
and Post Ohio*
67 8 63 2739
W. H. Lawrence, Hartselle .
John A. Thomason, Decatur .
J. A. Lipham, Danville...
W. W. Garnett, Decatur.
E. L. Hays, Falkville.,
G W. Bond, Hatton
H. A. Bragg, Pitt
A W. Bailey, Hillsboro
Dr. J. M. Kitchens, Hartselle.
Sam Nunn, Cedars
John H. Short, Flint
W. M. Ballard, Now Decatur .
T. J. Ainsworth, Moulton
Wallace Wear, Mt Hope
John W. Gibson, Flint
A. E. Harris, Courtland ,
G. M. Wear, Landertville
W. J. Blankenship, Somerville.
J. N. Holloway, Somerville
J. 0. Lance, New Decatur
J. P. Pearson, Wren.
J. T. Henderson
C. M. Livingston, Neal.
A. Y. Stewart, Simpson...
J. U. Tubb, Landersville.
W. R. Frazier, Trinity ...
* Last year.
Sunday Schools reported, 26.
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WJL . i n
VLA 3 \MA
iPTBr MHG1ATE IMITOTE
N 3RM ■ l. 3 1
Mountain View Trinity, Morgan County, Ala.
] Th is School suits boys wh( i ng t<
College r irho axe not prepra to enter Colleg ■ <a-- -
', Tho.-- oung men who are unprepared for the duties
life, and yet are ^noi able to enter College, but can he prepared
here either for or the itions of life at
3; Young girls whose parents wish to give them a thorough
ooadebaic education ai reasonable cogL
This is a Baptist School, -and located at a healthy place. It
:u;:venient to the Railroad Depot — just one mile — and six
miles from Decatur. It is on a mountairl with most. excellent
water and pur lir.
TERMS PER MONTH.
ftiBgs^y Department, $1 ^ . Preparatory ..$1.50 and -
GHunrnM" School .. ^2.0 o $2.25 Academic -2.50 to $2.75
Ooifegiate...., . *3.0Oto $3.25 Music
incidental Fee .20 of Instrument...
j^kmrdy $8.00. Everything furnished except lights, tov
which niu.- be furnished by the studem :
an enter at any time. P
nformatioBj apply to the:Pr*siden:
Rev, JOS. SHACKELFORD,